Ecuador: A Land of Plenty
In the last few years, more and more reports have come out showing the effects of climate change on crops. California can't produce almonds and avocados due to extreme drought; the soil of coffee farms in Ethiopia and Brazil is drying out. Changes in temperature and lower precipitation is also affecting cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Everywhere in the world, crops are being hit hard. Chocolate, coffee, avocados, beans, corn, seafood, and wine grapes-- the list goes on and on. But in the midst of these threats of drought, Ecuador remains a land of plenty. Its location on the equator, its rich volcanic soil, and its ample rainy seasons make Ecuador the up-and-coming haven for growing chocolate, coffee, and more.
Coffee and Chocolate in Ecuador
The Perfect Climates
Coffee and cocoa beans are struggling around the world, but the science of growing these crops claims that what is most needed are temperate climates, lots of sun, nutrient-heavy soil, and lots of rain. All throughout Ecuador, from north to south and along the coast, this climate is found. Ecuadorian coffee is becoming more and more popular, a competitor to the Colombian bean, and its due to the unique flavors that emerge from Ecuador's sun, soil, and water.
Chocolate, as well, is on the rise; each year more cocoa beans are exported, and Ecuador still holds the title as the world's best producer of high-quality cocoa. Arriba cocoa, the most popular bean in Ecuador, is a fine aroma, or specialty, bean. The same climate-- abundant land, moderate temperatures, significant rainfall, hot sun-- keeps the crops growing strong. Chocolate is grown in Manabí, Guayas, Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Pichincha, Napo and Sucumbios provinces.
Water, Water, Water
The main reason that coffee and cocoa beans grow so well here when they're struggling in Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, is because of water. Drought is drying up the world, but Ecuador has seen more rain in this past year than any year before. There is no shortage of water in this country. Along the coast, in the highlands, up north-- all regions have significant rainfall seasons which are necessary for a great coffee or cocoa farm.
Inexpensive Labor and Government Support
The farm life in Ecuador is not nearly as difficult as it may seem. Labor is plentiful, as many men and women are seeking opportunities for work, especially after the earthquake. Coffee and chocolate farms require land, water, rich soil, the right equipment, and good workers-- all of these things can be found here. Also, Ecuador's government has been partnering with farmers, especially coffee farmers, by providing free plants and assistance for those starting this endeavor. There is federal and local support for new farms.
Living in the Land of Plenty
For people interested in buying land for coffee or chocolate production, look no further than this small paradise. As the rest of the world struggles to adapt, this country has already done so. All along the coast and throughout the highlands there are small farms-- fincas-- for sale, just waiting to be turned into cocoa or coffee farms. Although the products that we love today are being threatened with the changes in the environment, adaptation is happening, especially here. If you're interested in finding the perfect property for a coffee or cocoa farm, as well as laborers and land managers that you can trust, give us a call. It's time to get started on your next adventure, living in the land of plenty.